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Artist Profiles: Battlefield Band

Battlefield Band

Battlefield Band plays Scottish music of rare passion and joy. Inspired by their rich heritage of Celtic music and fired by the strength of today’s Scottish Cultural scene (which they themselves have done much to create and fuel), Battlefield Band mix the old songs with new self-penned material, and perform them on a unique fusion of ancient and modern instruments – bagpipe, fiddle, synthesizer, guitar, cittern, flute, bodhran and accordion.

This is the gold standard, the band against which all others are measured. After 3 years they still lead the way for Scottish music — introducing new musicians, new music; always involving their ever widening audience, as they travel the world.

In 22 the band welcomed back Pat Kilbride. A member of the band in the mid-seventies, and featured on the classic album At The Front, this was his second stint on the Battlefield. In the intervening years, this fine musician and singer has toured with Kips Bay and recorded a highly regarded solo CD.

Dookin’ was released in 27. Dookin’ is the Scottish word for what you do at Halloween – as in ‘dookin’ for apples. This is a reference to what Battlefield Band has been doing for all these years, Dookin’ into the great pool of Scottish and Irish music and song.

Battlefield Band founder Alan Reid describes the group’s 29th album Zama Zama… Try Your Luck: “This album started as a collection of songs and tunes about gold. But as we searched, like the alchemists of old, it turned into a wider idea. In the process we saw the greed, disasters and victories inherent in the search and exploitation of various sources of wealth in this world. Then, as if by demonic serendipity, along came the worldwide economic crisis. We watched the major banks, insurance companies and Hedge Funds etc., implode, discrediting the entire financial system and many of its managers and advisers – but there was still more to come. We, in Britain, could only stand and watch aghast as many Members of Parliament, and the House of Lords at Westminster, the Mother of Parliaments’ were exposed for their cynical misuse of the expenses system, often amounting to fraud. As we put this album together we have been amazed, angered, depressed and hilariously horrified.”

Line-up came out on the 18th August 2011. The musicians featured in the recording include a new member, fiddler and piper Ewen Henderson, from the Highlands of Scotland. The lineup at the time was Sean O’Donnell on Vocals, Guitar, Cittern; Ewen Henderson on Fiddle, Bagpipes, Vocals, Piano; Alasdair White on Fiddle, Whistle, Bouzouki, Bagpipes; Mike Katz – Bagpipes, Whistles, Bouzouki, Guitar, Bass, Vocals; and a special appearance on harmonica from Scottish bluesman Mike Whellans

Discography

Battlefield Band (1977)
At the Front (Temple Records, 1978)
Stand Easy (Temple Records, 1979)
Preview (Temple Records, 198)
Home is Where the Van Is (Temple Records, 198)
The Story So Far (Temple Records, 1982)
There’s a Buzz (Temple Records, 1982)
Anthem for the Common Man (Temple Records, 1984)
On the Rise (Temple Records, 1986)
Music in Trust Vol 1 (Temple Records, 1986)
After Hours: Forward to Scotland’s Past (1987)
Celtic Hotel (Temple Records, 1987)
Music in Trust Vol 2 (1988)
Home Ground – Live From Scotland (1989)
New Spring (Temple Records, 1991)
Quiet Days (Temple Records, 1992)
Opening Moves (Topic Records, 1993)
Farewell to Nova Scotia (Escalibur, 1996)
Threads (Temple Records, 1995)
Across the Borders (Temple Records, 1997)
Live Celtic Folk Music (Munich, 1998)
Rain, Hail or Shine (Temple Records, 1998)
Leaving Friday Harbor (Temple Records, 1999)
Happy Daze (Temple Records, 2001)
Time and Tide (Temple Records, 22)
Best of Battlefield 1976 – 2003 (Temple Records, 2003)
Out for the Night (Temple Records, 2004)
The Road of Tears (Temple Records, 2006)
Dookin’ (Temple Records, 2007)
Zama Zama… Try Your Luck (Temple Records, 2009)
Line-up (Temple Records COMD214, 211)
Room Enough For All (Temple Records, 2013)
Beg & Borrow (Temple Records, 2015)

Videos

Battlefield Band – Live in Concert at the Brunton Theatre (Temple Records, 2008

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Artist Profiles: Bachue

Bachue

Although well established as a duo Bachue, has expanded to include the fantastic percussion talents of Edinburgh-based drummer Donald Hay. The unique combination of electroharp, piano, voice and percussion has dazzled and mesmerized audiences wherever they play.

Corrina Hewat and David Milligan first performed as Bachue back in 1996, originally appearing with percussionist Davy Cattenach (then with The Old Blind Dogs) and fiddler Kenny Fraser. The band has performed and recorded with various line-ups since then, but for the most part it’s Corrina and David’s duo format that has earned their enviable reputation as one of the Celtic music scene’s most innovative groups.

For the new album, The Butterfly, Bachue joined forces with jazz trumpeter Colin Steele, whose warm, lyrical sound complements the band’s unique sound perfectly.

Discography:

The Butterfly
A Certain Smile
Bachué Café

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Artist Profiles: Paul Anderson

Paul Anderson

Paul Anderson an acclaimed virtuoso in the time honored tradition of Scottish fiddle music. Paul Anderson has won most of the fiddle championships in Scotland. His crowning glory was the Glenfiddich Scottish Fiddle Championship at Blair Castle in 1993.

Paul Anderson, from the heart of rural Aberdeenshire, is one of Scotland’s most respected traditional musicians. His album Land of the Standing Stones is really a love letter to Paul’s native Aberdeenshire as all but a couple of the 51 tunes on the album are inspired by the people, landscape and history of the North-East of Scotland.

The music on the album has all been composed by Paul himself and at 70 minutes in length, it’s a considerable achievement. The music, though rooted in the traditional Scots fiddle idiom, is also contemporary in style. He has been ably supported in this by a superb group of musicians, which includes Shona Donaldson (Scots singer of the year 2009), Swedish cittern master Ale Carr, Ali Napier (Dougie MacLean band) and Scottish acting star Kevin McKidd on guitar and vocals.

Discography:

Land of the Standing Stones

website: www.paulandersonscottishfiddler.com

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Artist Profiles: Aidan O’Rourke

Aidan O’Rourke - Photo by Peter McNally
Aidan O’Rourke – Photo by Peter McNally

Aidan O’Rourke is a fiddle player and composer from Oban on the West Coast of Scotland. He has toured extensively in Europe and North America from the age of 15 and has made his name as one of Scotland’s most expressive and dynamic musicians.

At 19, Aidan formed Tabache with Claire Mann and went on to record the internationally acclaimed album Waves of Rush. Aidan now performs with the hugely successful Blazin’ Fiddles (Live Act of the Year 2004) and is a much sought after session musician, having performed on over dozens of albums ranging from Runrig to Michael McGoldrick and Karen Matheson.

Commissions have included a piece titled Mantra Alba which welcomed the Dalai Lama to Scotland.

Sirius is his first solo album which evolved from a commission by Celtic Connections in 2003.

Discography:

Are You Willing?, with Tabache (1996)
Waves of Rush, with Tabache (1999)
Live in Scotland, with The Unusual Suspects (2005)
Sirius (2006)
Lightweights and Gentlemen, with Lau (2007)
Live, with Lau (2008)
Arc Light, with Lau (2009)
An Tobar (Navigator Records, 2011)
Big Like This, with The Unusual Suspects (2011)
Race the Loser, with Lau (2012)
Hotline (2013)
The Bell That Never Rang, with Lau (2015)
Sleeper, with Kan (2015)

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Greentrax Recordings Celebrates Anniversary with Ceilidh

Dick Gaughan, "Lucky For Some
Dick Gaughan, “Lucky For Some

Scotland, UK – Greentrax Recordings is celebrating its 20th with the publication of a full color catalog; the release of a 3 CD Compilation (Scotland – the Music and the Song), tracing the company’s releases over twenty years; and culminating with a Ceilidh to be held in the Queen’s Hall Edinburgh on Saturday 22nd of July 2006 with The Occasionals Ceilidh Band and songs and music from other Greentrax artists. 2006 also marks the ‘Golden Wedding Anniversary’ of Greentrax directors June and lan Green.

There have been many highlights over the past twenty years, including the signing of such international artists as Jean Redpath, MBE; Catherine Ann McPhee; Mairi Maclnnes; Natalie MacMaster, of Cape Breton; Isia St Clair; Eric Bogle; Archie Fisher; Dick Gaughan; The McCalmans and Shooglenifty.

In addition, Greentrax worked closely with S.T.V. (‘Aly
Bain and Friends’ Series in 1989); the films ‘The Tree of Liberty’, featuring Serge Hovey and Jean Redpath and ‘Mairi Mhor’, featuring Catherine-Ann MacPhee; the Edinburgh International Festival (who featured traditional music and song over several years); The Traditional Music And Song Association of Scotland (‘The Nineties Collection’); and other notable projects.

Many fine albums resulted from these associations. S.T.V. featured Ian and the Company’s achievements in their ‘Artery Series’1998. In 1997 Greentrax was presented with the East Lothian Business Association ‘Business Achievement Award’ for good business practices and export achievements. There have also been various album and performance awards made to Greentrax artists and in 2005 Ian was himself the recipient of ‘The Hamish Henderson Award For Services to Traditional Music’ at the Scots Trad Awards, which included being added to the Scots Trad Awards ‘Hall of Fame’.

Greentrax Recordings is regarded by many as Scotland’s leading traditional music record company and, after twenty years, continues to lead the way with their wide-ranging releases, from the very traditional song and music from the archives of the School of Scottish Studies to the most contemporary of the ‘fusion’ bands such as Shooglenifty and Salsa Celtica and everything in between.

The Greentrax catalog contains an amazing mixture of Scottish (and other) traditional music, in its widest context, including music played on such unusual instruments as the Jaw Harp and the Lute, plus an album of traditional tunes played on the wonderful Bosendorfer piano.

In 2001 the entire Culburnie Records catalog was licensed by Greentrax Recordings Ltd. for the World, excluding North America and Spain. Ace fiddler Alasdair Fraser continues to manage these territories from his base in the U.S.A.

2005 was a notable year with the release of a 5 CD Box Set of Eric Bogle’s songs; the signing of four-times World Pipe Band Champions – The Simon Fraser University Pipe Band from Canada -and in 2006 Greentrax got off to a big start with the signing of ex-Run Rig star Donnie Munro -another great coupe for the East Lothian based label.

Other releases to celebrate the 20th Anniversary include a new studio album from Dick Gaughan, “Lucky For Some“; “On Home Ground – Volume 2” by the Simon Fraser University Pipe Band and a debut album from the BBC Radio 2 “Young Musicians of the Year” winners, Bodega.

The Greentrax ‘team’ consist of June Green (Director); Marina Wilson (Accounts, Royalties & Office Manager); Cath Mack (Promotions); Pat Dark (Warehouseman and Packer). Ian Green, the founder of the Company is Managing Director.

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